Urban Development & Design

Princes Gardens upgrade adds to Prahran's Public Realm Project Pipeline

Having now lived in Prahran for the better part of 6 months, I've developed a greater appreciation for the area, in particular the public spaces which I pass on my walk to and from Prahran Station on my way to walk and those I pass on my daily evening runs. One space which has always stood out, because I pass it multiple times a day and is rather unique in terms of the provision of both active and passive recreation areas, is Princes Gardens...

Tandem tackles a tight Ferrars Street site

An oddly placed and shaped sliver of land is up for development as City of Port Phillip processes an application for 195-199 Ferrars Street. Tucked up against a light rail embankment and bound by Ferrars Street and City Road, the narrow site is now subject to a 10 level residential building looking to replace what was the Python Choppers Motorcycle Company digs. The site falls between the South Melbourne Central Activity Centre and Fishermans...

DesignBUILD2018 kicks off next week and "It's all in the detail"

DesignBUILD is returning for its 32nd year from Wednesday 2 to Friday 4 May, with a central theme of ‘it’s all in the detail’, featuring a trade exhibition that will showcase service providers such as PowerHouse prefabricated homes, Wattyl Paint and Swiss Krono Group, to name a few. Alongside the trade exhibition are two paid speaker and education programs, curated to cover the themes of industry compliance, sustainability and innovation,...

A design tour de force beckons for Beulah International's BMW Southbank site

Southbank's premier development site will be subject to an elite level design competition as Beulah International pushes ahead with the rebirth of 58 Southbank Boulevard. After paying $101 million for the prominent 6,191 square metre site which also fronts City Road, the developer has today released a design shortlist which includes a handful of acclaimed international firms. The international contingent will partner will Australian-based...

Urban Affairs

Spring Street allocates $50 million toward planning work for faster rail services to Geelong

The State Government has announced $50 million to be allocated in the state's budget this year will go toward detailed investigations for fast rail infrastructure between Melbourne & Geelong which will, the government claims, will compliment planning work already underway for the Melbourne Airport Rail Link. The only high-level concept/vision released with the announcement was the video, embedded in the Premier's tweet below, which points...

Melbourne Airport sees passenger boost in March, confirms 3rd runway plans will be open for comment soon

Melbourne Airport's March performance results were released earlier this week with a total of 3,161,672 passengers moving through the domestic and international terminals in March, up from 2,948,113 in March 2017. The airport authority said the earlier Eastern break boosted the March numbers compared to last year with 916,849 people flying in and out internationally compared to 786,978 in 2017. For the financial year-to-date, Tullamarine has...

City of Melbourne's transport refresh background paper advocates for better metropolitan-wide PT

The background paper authored by Dr John Stone of the University of Melbourne and Dr Ian Woodcock of RMIT which adds to the growing suite of documents to inform the City of Melbourne's transport strategy refresh strikes an interesting, metropolitan-wide, tone. Drs Stone and Woodcock neatly tie together all the pieces in the haphazard puzzle of projects that are out in there in the public domain (they also insert some of their own ideas) and...

All roads lead to Southern Cross Station

Comment As covered by Urban Melbourne last week, the third discussion paper which forms part of the City of Melbourne's Transport Refresh Strategy has been released. Covering the topic of Transport, the discussion paper highlights a number of key projects to ensure Melbourne doesn't become a victim of its own success. The Transport Refresh Strategy's discussion paper on Melbourne's Public Transport Network has identified Melbourne Metro 2 as the...

Urban Industry

Spotlight on Warren and Mahoney with Nick Deans

Today Urban Melbourne turns the spotlight on Warren and Mahoney, an international architectural design practice based in Australia and New Zealand. With a 65-year history and a 300-strong team of outstanding talent, they’ve been recognised with more than 300 awards for work ranging from commercial developments to landmark public buildings. The design-led practice offers core services including architecture, interior design and workplace design...

Technē's Steve McKeag discusses his appointment as Director (and his favourite pubs)

Technē Architecture and Interior Design's move into larger premises on Rathdowne Street in Carlton has also coincided with the appointment of a new director to assist managing the office's growth. Steve McKeag joins founders Justin Northrop and Nick Travers, as the third director at the tightly knit studio, whose name and philosophy means ‘to make, poetically’. McKeag’s promotion from senior associate reflects strong growth at Technē, which has...

On site with Wulff Projects (Part 01) : Newry Street Richmond

Urban Melbourne was recently fortunate enough to go onsite at a number of Wulff Project developments currently under construction. One such project is a townhouse development previously covered on Urban Melbourne called Newry Street. Located on the corner of Newry and Canterbury Streets, in Richmond, the project is progressing well with an expected completion date of around mid-year. Making its mark on Newry Street The boutique development...

Beller Group's New Commercial Director Jeremy Gruzewski on 2018's commercial prospects

Real Estate Agency Beller recently appointed Jeremy Gruzewski as a Director, bringing with him 11 years of experience and knowledge as National Director Metro Market Auction and Investment Services at the highly respected Colliers International. Now part of the Beller Commercial team, Gruzewski sees market opportunity for developers who are now looking at commercial office developments due to the cooling of the inner-city residential market...